Yayoi Kusama is an 84 year old Japanese Artist and Fashion Designer
- Kusama was born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, where she was raised by a womanizing father and an oppressive mother who abused her youngest child physically and verbally.
- Whenever her father went out to visit his mistresses, her mother ordered the little Yayoi to follow him and report his whereabouts; she would return home to be terrorized by the enraged woman.
- Kusama speculates that the dysfunctional household may have nurtured her fearful fascination with sex and its representations.
- Kusama began to experience regular visual and auditory hallucinations when she was about 12 years old.
- She soon developed the compulsive habit—or, as she sees it, self-cure—of recording them in her sketchbook.
- “The only way for me to elude these furtive apparitions,” she writes, “is to recreate them visually with paint, pen, or pencil in an attempt to decipher what they are; to gain control over them by remembering and drawing each one.”
- all of her trademark motifs (dots, nets, flowers and pumpkins) come from those early hallucinations.
- afraid and unable to discuss her problems with her parents, the adolescent Kusama developed additional mental and nervous ailments, including irregularities in her heart rate.
- Reality was too agonizing to bear, but every time she thought of ending her life, “what saved me was making my way—blindly and gropingly at first—down the path to art.”
(some of her art)
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Recently, the Whitney in NYC did a retrospective about her art and a huge instillation
in 2011 Yayoi did work for Lancome and Louis Vuitton with Marc Jacobs. She has an exceptional personal style, and it reflects her art and exhibitions.
Personal Fashion, distinctive in her brightly colored wigs and dresses covered in polka dots, Yayoi is a sight to be seen